During a four-day, residential summer institute, urban and rural teachers utilized Library of Congress materials to develop lessons that promoted environmental awareness, historical thinking, and political understanding. By focusing on the issue of food security during the Great Depression, teachers developed curriculum that examined how New Deal policies influenced the production and distribution of food at a time of economic and ecologic crisis. Teachers also learned how to use the Library’s resources, including the Primary Source Analysis Tool and photographs from the Farm Securities Administration. Finally, the four-day residential institute structure provided opportunities for community-building among rural and urban teachers. This exchange of ideas promotes deeper understanding across one of the most significant divides in our contemporary society. Developing stronger professional relationships across this geographic divide will contribute to curricula that authentically reflects the perspectives of different communities in their response to both historical and contemporary problems.
Contact: Robert Good
This project provided professional development in the areas of the inquiry design model (C3 Framework) by utilizing diverse primary and secondary source materials as research and analysis pieces. The professional development helped teachers use high-yield strategies such as historical thinking skills with culturally relevant materials, increased all student performance in strategic thinking, MAP, and EOC requirements, as well as prepared students in the areas of civics, college, and career readiness. Additionally, the project utilized instructional planning reports to make inferences about the effectiveness of source implementation and instruction in Grades K–12 classrooms.
Contact: Lindsey Troutman
This project supported geographic literacy and history education in Missouri by providing educators with the knowledge, skills, and experiences in using tools of social science inquiry. Participants engaged with primary sources to design instruction, mostly through training, fieldwork, and community involvement. They also shared lesson plans at professional development conferences across Missouri sponsored by Lindenwood University and with support from the Missouri Geographic Alliance, Missouri Council for History Education, and Missouri History Museum.
Contact: Sarah Coppersmith
This project, consisting of a series of professional development workshops and follow-up sessions, exposed educators to the use of primary sources in student learning and highlighted the online holdings of the Library of Congress through modeled examples. Two-day workshops across Missouri in St. Louis, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Springfield focused on a partnership between librarians and classroom teachers to implement the use of primary sources with students.
Contact: Jill Hancock
This grant, awarded to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, was one of four multi-state project proposals submitted by members of the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction collaborative of the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO). The purpose of the project was to provide professional development workshops to social studies teachers and introduce them to the framework of 21st-century learning and the resources available from the Library of Congress. Participants gained hands-on experience in creating documentaries using Microsoft Movie Maker and Digital Docs in a Box. Each participant developed and implemented a lesson plan that incorporated newly developed knowledge and skills.
Contact: Bill Gerling
This project, run by the University of Missouri–St. Louis, worked with pre-service and in-service teachers and students to foster knowledge, inquiry, and meaningful learning of local, state, and national history through instruction, including the creation and use of instructional toolkits. Pre-service teachers were taught how to use digital primary sources from the Library of Congress. A selected group of these pre-service teachers then trained in-service teachers to utilize the Library’s resources at the St. Louis Language Immersion School. The pre-service teachers designed instructional resource toolkits for future use in elementary schools and made them available to check out through the internet.
Contact: Lisa Dorner